Kete Foy kete@identi.ca

NC, USA

free (libre) hardware, software, art, photography and documents

  • Connection Manager resolv.conf

    2016-07-04T00:36:45Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Thanks to lnxwalt and jrobb for the job hunt well wishes—I finally saw them while looking for my connman post. I switched to wireless, and connman only populated resolv.conf with localhost. It was frustrating. I finally gave up, logged out, and started X, and connman behaved itself. I don't understand.


    PS—It’s either Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy :-P

  • Updated SSH Key

    2016-07-03T15:39:51Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    updated my ssh key, didn't know I could do it on my own, removed the old key from authorized_keys


    ssh-keygen -t ed25519 -C Kete # better security than ECDSA, comment seen in ~/.ssh/authorized_keys and 'ssh-add -L'

    ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_ed25519.pub my_account@someone_elses_server.net


  • jobhunting

    2016-06-29T13:01:36Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    looking for a job career all day yesterday

    it's only 9am, and my eyes are already sore.

    jrobb , Douglas Perkins , jrobertson like this.

    I hope your quest is successful.

    lnxwalt@microca.st at 2016-06-30T01:36:53Z

    For me it helped 2 times: just spam everybody with you summary, with no exceptions. People should be informed that you exist, they need you, they're looking for you, I'm serious. If one will reply, then you can just talk to them.

    You should clearly understand, that people don't know how to describe the job and requirements it text form, so they usually write uber crap.

    For example, on my current job I live inside the ffmpeg source code, IEC and SMPTE documents, this is actually the job of my dream. But in the description of vacancy the next requirements were read: MFC, Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL. I came to them and said "guys, I NEVER opened Visual Studio", but they took me anyway, and for today they gave me even more money, because the problems are solving, buisness is going on.

    So, the basic idea is: you future employer can form the vacancy's description very bad. Thy are always like this. But they need you, so don't think too much description, just let them know you exist.

    AleksandrSlobodeniuk at 2016-07-07T09:00:05Z

  • Torbirdy GPG

    2016-06-25T03:31:43Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I use Torbirdy, and I noticed repeatedly that Enigmail would not import GPG keys after I clicked the button. I read the Torbirty Torbirdy page(s) and learned that although Enigmail is fortunately compatible, GPG functionality requires a shim or some mysterious Curl package that is only packaged in Debian. I also followed the GPG onion URL and found my new favorite source of public keys. The site sends keys in their ASCII form, but it's real easy to import them after saving as a .key file. The command is just 'gpg --import *.key'.

  • KWallet

    2016-06-19T22:50:19Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    KWallet is a pain if you set it up wrong. I had to delete all of the hidden home files in order to start over!

  • Arch Touchpad Tapping

    2016-06-19T14:13:28Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Wow, this is amazing. Without an announcement, Arch now requires xf86-input-libinput and a setting enabled in Touchpad settings.


    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=213795

    https://identi.ca/kete/note/5sYQNqARTvepWwKCMR39hg

    Well, for a system such as Archlinux (that is, not novice-oriented at all), not quickly announcing a change to the system that allow tapping on a touchpad, doesn't seem like a big deal to me xD


    They've broken way, waaay worse than that, and its users are expected to be able to deal with this things =)

    JanKusanagi at 2016-06-19T14:29:51Z

  • xf86-input-synaptics

    2016-06-19T00:29:54Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Apparently, xf86-input-synaptics needs a restart to get the touchpad tap functionality. I restarted X, but that wasn't good enough.


    PS—No, it just quit working, so I have to figure out what this means.

     

    “[2016-06-18 18:53] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] >>> xf86-input-synaptics driver is on maintenance mode and

    [2016-06-18 18:53] [ALPM-SCRIPTLET] xf86-input-libinput driver must be prefered over. ”

    I installed it, so maybe it will enable tapping after restarting X.

  • YouTube-Viewer Channel Videos List

    2016-06-16T16:43:21Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Here’s one of youtube-viewer’s hidden tricks:

    youtube-viewer --channel-videos=<channel ID>

    (lists a channel’s videos)

  • Sliding Background Effect

    2016-06-16T15:22:31Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I like beBee's sliding background effect for hovering over buttons.

  • Xfce timer

    2016-06-16T01:28:21Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Xfce has a bare-bones timer that runs any command when finished. To wake myself up from meditation, I ran speaker-test with two loops.

    jrobb likes this.

  • DNS Hijacking

    2016-06-15T19:27:57Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    My DHCP setting wasn’t setting the nameservers to OpenNIC because the browser took me to an ISP search page instead of "Server not found".


    /etc/resolv.conf said it was generated by Connection Manager.


    I finally found this thread and figured out how to set the nameservers for each connection by using connmanctl. Then, I restarted the connman.service. Now, the OpenNIC IP addresses are in /etc/resolv.conf, and my ISP does not hijack my DNS :-)


    Also, identi.ca is back. I was just about to use microca.st.

    Welcome back, identi.cans!

    JMobile at 2016-06-15T19:58:34Z

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  • Wikipedia thanks

    2016-06-09T17:53:16Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Someone just thanked me on Wikipedia. I didn't know that was possible.


    It's on the history tab once you log into your account. If you click a thank link, then it will send an email.

    Christopher Allan Webber , Efraim Flashner like this.

  • Creepy WiFi

    2016-06-08T20:08:23Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    For months/years, I have seen a WiFi network called Totally not the NSA.

    Deunan , Douglas Perkins like this.

    Nice way of trying not to have it cracked xD

    JanKusanagi at 2016-06-08T20:53:54Z

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  • Printing

    2016-06-05T21:21:01Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    These are my adapters. The one on the right is for USB 3.0, and the USB is for SD HC cards and a few other cards, too. I use the SD card for printing pictures of documents. The hplip drivers will only print out a test page. I save documents as PDF’s or export them as pictures depending on how many pages they have. Multiple pages need the PDF extension, and then I use Gimp to export each page as a picture. I guess I just need to replace this free printer instead, but I already had the USB 3.0 express card; and the other parts weren’t much more.

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  • What You Can Do To Increase Cell Phone Security

    2016-06-04T19:33:01Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

     

    “To avoid bugging, keep your phone in your control as much as possible.  If you are forgetful, try duct taping it to your hand.  ”

    http://www.howtovanish.com/2010/01/cell-phone-security-mobile-phone-taps/


     

    “Actually, the problem revolves around the entire concept of the "Smart Phone". First off, most people DON'T NEED ONE. They're nice, and convenient, I grant you, but they're TOO SMART. You don't NEED the equivalent of a 5 year old desktop computer in your pocket to make a few calls. You don't NEED internet access in your phone. You don't NEED the $100+ per month charges. You don't NEED a device with the ability to monitor your every move and word. You don't NEED the $2500+ total cost of that fancy phone over the 2 year contract period. I would suggest we return to the old, reliable feature-phone, perhaps with a QWERTY keyboard for texting, and maybe a camera, but with a removable battery. None of us, except maybe some corporate customers, have any real need for a "smart phone" in any form.”

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130723/12395923907/even-powering-down-cell-phone-cant-keep-nsa-tracking-its-location.shtml#c456

    lnxwalt@microca.st , Icaro Perseo like this.

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    No problem.


    Bear in mind that if your phone has malware that is recording voice conversations it could just wait till it has signal to exfiltrate them so wrap it in foil and put it in a drawer. beside a viberator running full bore. With a transistor radio blasting elevator music. :)


    Freemor at 2016-06-17T18:21:54Z

    This article is giving BAD advice.. even old feature phones have a full computer in them just not as advanced. But still advanced enough to run J2ME apps.


    Dig out your olf feature phone.. install bitpim.. go exploring.. Full file system with lots of interesting bit.


    I know from experience that Cell providers could easily reach into Feature phones and change things in the file system. So how hard is a J2ME app that hot mic's the phone. Also some of these phones had the E911 emergency mode.


    They are still computer.. just not ones they let you play with much.

    Freemor at 2016-06-17T18:27:58Z

    >> Freemor:

    “This article is giving BAD advice.. ”

    Good to know—I take my battery out when I travel with my phone, but I don’t know what good it does. Many municipal police stations have a Stingray to “fight terrorism” (although they get abused for much more), so that could demonstrate how someone could tap into a cell phone perhaps even without a battery or as some say, access recorded data once the phone goes back on the network.

    Kete Foy at 2016-06-17T18:55:24Z

    Physically removing the battery does == dead phone. The problem is most new phones you can't.


    Stingray can't work with a dead phone.. so that is good.


    But yes you're gonna put the battery back in at some point and then all bets are off.

    Freemor at 2016-06-17T19:04:37Z

  • MP4 vs WebM

    2016-06-04T13:45:29Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    It makes a big difference to convert MP4 files to WebM. It takes a long time and a lot of CPU though.

    $ ffmpeg -i Oliver\ Stones\ Untold\ History\ of\ the\ United\ States\ Prequel\ A.mp4 Oliver\ Stones\ Untold\ History\ of\ the\ United\ States\ Prequel\ A.webm

    $ ls -sh Oliver\ Stones\ Untold\ History\ of\ the\ United\ States\ Prequel\ A.*
    917M 'Oliver Stones Untold History of the United States Prequel A.mp4'
    130M 'Oliver Stones Untold History of the United States Prequel A.webm' 


    But those are just containers. What matters here is which video and audio codecs (and at what bitrates) is each of those files using.

    JanKusanagi at 2016-06-04T14:20:36Z

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    you should add
    -vcodec copy -acodec copy
    to this, if ypu want to save the encoding.
    In your case ffmpeg transcoded source video and audio into some default encoders.


    AleksandrSlobodeniuk at 2016-06-23T11:13:42Z

    >> aleniuk:

    “you should add
    -vcodec copy -acodec copy
    to this, if ypu want to save the encoding.
    In your case ffmpeg transcoded source video and audio into some default encoders.”

    Thanks, I was too lazy to leave those in there, but I think I can manage including those from now on.

    Kete Foy at 2016-06-23T12:16:57Z

  • 2016-06-03T15:19:17Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Switched to Icedove for IRC/XMPP

    The font is really big: Ctrl -

    Oh god, the up arrow scrolls up instead of loading the last command/message

  • Home dir RAID

    2016-06-03T10:38:19Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    If we mirror our home directories, maybe we should mount an unmirrored partition/volume for ~/.local/share/Trash/files.

    I see what you are thinking there.


    But you might want to consider that "Trash" was created to make Mistaken deletions recoverable.


    So assuming that mirroring is to prevent data loss,

    and assuming that not everyone notices they have deleted in error right away,

    and given that trash if properly maintained shouldn't be too huge.

    It seems to me that one would want it mirrored also to prevent the loss of data that was accidentally deleted some time in the past.


    just my thoughts on it.

    Freemor at 2016-06-03T11:13:03Z

  • Updating the Free Software Directory

    2016-06-01T23:06:37Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    weekly IRC meetings on Fridays in the #fsf channel on irc.gnu.org from 12pm to 3pm EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) | details 


  • Bitmask update

    2016-05-30T07:19:15Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Upgraded Bitmask to 0.9.2 https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/bitmask_client/

    Maintainer also removed “Workaround version acquire fail” in Bitmask PKGBUILD